Finding LPC Jobs in Georgia That Are Board Approved
Finding a counseling job that is acceptable for obtaining your license is becoming increasingly difficult. State licensing boards are getting more and more stringent in their acceptable psychotherapist practice settings. These efforts are a precaution for ensuring applicants are properly trained. You can lose valuable time - sometimes years - if you don't select a job that will be eligible for licensure in GA. You may have concluded there are no LPC jobs in Georgia that are board approved particularly if you do not have an associate license. Whereas there are no guarantees your work setting will be approved, you can maximize your chances. Here are guidelines and a road map:
Avoid Work Settings That Resemble Independent Practice
You have been hired as an independent contractor at "We Are Great Counselors, LLC." This LLC is owned and operated solely by Bobby Sue an LPC. There are three counselors including yourself - all APC (associate professional counselors). Bobby Sue provides Supervision to some of you. You each have an office and everyone does the same thing: sees their psychotherapy clients and leaves for the day. There is no formal system in which Bobby Sue provides oversight to any of the APC's either as a Director or Supervisor. ( Make sure you understand definitions of a Director, Supervisor, Directed Experience and so on.
This is a risky work setting. Work within this type of arrangement at your own peril. First, as a new counselor you will not receive high quality and affordable supervision needed to develop competence. You may feel lost and lack confidence in your clinical practice. Second, the Directed Experience could be determined as ineligible. "But that's the only work I can find so...
"...it leaves me with few choices."
You do not need to work in an unsupportive work setting. In fact, a site with too much structure can be hazardous. Some organizations that receive may require you to choose between employer policies and what you know to be ethical practice. Note the following middle ground:
Solid Clinical Experience and Directed Experience Under Supervision
One of the most widely available opportunities are private psychiatric practices. These can be great opportunities. This work experience is often acceptable if it includes the following components:
System for emergency intervention because a psychiatrist or advanced practice nurse is on site.
Fully licensed counselors. social workers or marriage and family therapists and TRUE supervision.
Use of DSM V and gaining a working knowledge of diagnosis the spectrum of mental disorders.
Systematic oversight and a system that understands and supports professional practice issues.
Be sure your work setting has systems that provide strong and supportive structure. A full directed experience site with comprehensive and competent supervision.